The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.
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||Diane Arbus (14 March 1923 – 26 July 1971) was one of the most original and influential American photographers of the 20th century. In 2003, she and her work were the subject of a major exhibition: Diane Arbus Revelations that was organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and traveled to other locations including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in 2005. In 2006 her life story was the subject of a motion picture starring Nicole Kidman as Diane Arbus.
Diane Arbus (née Nemerov) was born in New York City into a wealthy, Jewish family,  the younger sister of Howard Nemerov, who served as United States Poet Laureate on two separate occasions. She attended the Fieldston School for Ethical Culture.
Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, 1967, on the cover of Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph.
She married her childhood sweetheart Allan Arbus in 1941. During the 1940s she and her husband began a commercial photography business. Their daughter, Doon, was born in 1945 and their second daughter, Amy was born in 1954. In the 1940s Diane Arbus took classes with Berenice Abbott. 1955 she studied with Alexey Brodovitch and she studied with Lisette Model in 1956-58. Diane and Allan Arbus separated in 1959, and they were divorced in 1969.
In 1963 and 1966 Diane Arbus was awarded Guggenheim Fellowships for her project American Rites, Manners and Customs. During the 1960s, Diane Arbus taught photography at the Parsons School of Design, and The Cooper Union in New York City and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island.
On July 26, 1971, while living at Westbeth Artists Community, while suffering from depression, Diane Arbus took her own life, by ingesting pills and slashing herself with a razor. She was 48 years old. (Wikipedia)